Born in Chicago, Illinois on September 25th, 1949

Departed on February 11th, 2020 and resided in Denver, Colorado

  • Memorial Service: Church of the Risen Christ
    Thursday February 27th, 2020 10:00 am

Michael J. Hicks, AIA, passed away on February 11th after a short but courageous battle against cancer.

Michael was the third of four children born in Chicago, IL to Paul and Victoria Hicks. The Hicks family relocated to Denver in the late 1950s and he attended All Souls Catholic School, Englewood High School, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He helped pay for his architecture school tuition working as a carpentry apprentice and breakfast cook in the dining halls. He received his Bachelor of Architecture in 1973 and spent his early career designing commercial interiors in Denver and Los Angeles.

Throughout his nearly 50 year career he was active in his professional community, serving on the Board of Directors for AIA Denver, AIA Colorado, The Urban Farm, and the Denver Architecture Foundation.  He also served on committees with the American Institute of Architects, the Urban Land Institute, the City and County of Denver Mayor’s Housing Advisory Committee, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Public Affairs Advisory Committee, and the Castle Pines Design Review Committee.

Michael loved Denver and was a tireless advocate for quality design and responsible development.  He worked in a number of AEC-related career positions, most recently as Vice President of Business Development for Powers Products. He was a powerful connector and believed that business development was a lifestyle, never a job.

Michael is survived by his wife of 37 years, Teresa; their two daughters, Genevieve and Dominique (Will Todd, AIA); siblings, Paulette Cohrs (Marlin), Don Hicks (Laurie), and M.R. Hicks; and his beloved grand-puppy Milo. He loved to enjoy good food and wine with his friends and family around his fire pit. A fierce competitor on the court, Michael played tennis several times a week and co-captained the Construction & Design Tennis Network.

A scholarship fund has been established by his family in partnership with the Architectural Education Foundation. The Michael J. Hicks, AIA Legacy Scholarship will support a CU Buff in the Master’s program.

Tax-deductible donations can be sent to the Architectural Education Foundation (AEF), 3320 E 2nd Ave. Denver, CO 80206 or be made electronically via the following link,

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at the Church of the Risen Christ (3060 S. Monaco Pkwy., Denver, CO 80222) on February 27, 2020, at 10 AM.

Guestbook Entries

Guy Dragon

Michael is one of the finest men I have ever known, he will be missed. I’ve spent alot of time with him over the past 20 years, whether working on committees or visiting. Guy

February 20th, 2020 at 8:38pm
Ralph Hellman

When I think of Michael I think of a gentleman and a complete professional. MIchael was a great asset to our city and the design profession. I always enjoyed working with him and will miss his energy. 

February 21st, 2020 at 2:48pm
Peg and George Connolly

Michael will be remembered for his Great Love of Family and Faith. Plus a great competitor on the Tennis Court.  Michael, you will be missed. 

February 22nd, 2020 at 10:18am
David Scott

I was surprised and saddened to hear about Michael’s passing. He was one of the great leaders across the AEC community in Colorado—a model citizen, team builder and mentor to me, he will be missed. All blessings and best wishes to his family in this time.

February 22nd, 2020 at 11:31am
Ben Wilking

Michael valued people, relationships, volunteering, and the best in our built environment. While he will be missed, his impact on our profession and his example for those around him will live on forever.

February 22nd, 2020 at 3:54pm
Charles Cunniffe

I was surprised and saddened by the passing of Michael. He was a true professional and a true gentleman. He was always kind, supportive and loyal. We enjoyed many great times together and I will always have fond memories of our friendship. He will be  forever missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

February 24th, 2020 at 7:52pm
Heidi H. Hoffmann, AIA

I am heartbroken to hear about Michael. We served on many committees together over the years, and he was a wonderful colleague and friend. Happy to have been at the Design Conference this year to see and chat with him. Condolences to his family and close friends.

February 26th, 2020 at 7:15pm
David L. Willman

It was a wonderful service today and wanted to give condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and great to shake hands with his brother Don today.
Michael was a mentor to several young scholars for their grad work and served several years on our Buell scholarship committee providing scholarships for global changing work in the fields of architecture, planning, design and engineering. On behalf of the past couple of dozen scholars, he had a big mentorship stake with, I say, life well lived, Michael, and thank you for changing lives during your time here. We will all miss you.

February 27th, 2020 at 1:40pm
Jeanner Robb, former Denver Councilwoman

Michael was a generous leader and committed public servant.  Proud to have known him.

February 28th, 2020 at 6:21pm
Jeanne Robb, former Denver Councilwoman

Michael was a generous leader and committed public servant.  Proud to have known him.

February 28th, 2020 at 6:22pm

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